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Empire Records Reviews

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Clint Morris
Moviehole
April 19, 2008
One of the hippest and most enjoyable movies of the 90s. This ROCKS!
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Joe Levy
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
Lovably sloppy.
| Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 25, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Empire Records is little more than a poor man's Clerks, but an entertaining one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Vanstrom
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
It has a good soundtrack, lots of free-for-all dance scenes, and derision toward aging singers and capitalists. And you just can't get enough of that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jason Bailey
Flavorwire
May 28, 2016
It's high on charm and low on quality; the writing is pedestrian at best, the characters are paper-thin, and director Allan Moyle lets the music do the heavy lifting.

TV Guide
August 11, 2008
Insubstantial, predictable and often dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Ken Eisner
Variety
August 11, 2008
A soundtrack in search of a movie, Empire Records is one teen-music effort that never finds a groove.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Overall, fatally ersatz but good natured at heart.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 14, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
August 7, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 16, 2003
...things just move quickly from one person's conflicts to another, with little momentum or feeling of satisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
June 22, 2003
Leaves you with the sensation of having chewed a piece of bubblegum until well after its flavour ran dry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 8, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 3, 2003
[Leaves the] impression of artificiality.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 20, 2003
The Empire Strikes Out . . . lame Gen-X "comedy" that falls completely flat . . . Go rent CLERKS
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 30, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
January 12, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
November 8, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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